Hej Dirk,thanks a lot for you calculations and the interpretations! Considering that the pivot angle is okay, there would be not much to play with the trail at the moment because of his short legs. This would only have been possible by choosing even smaller wheels I guess. But I wanted to avoid that. The 305 mm front wheel just fits between pivot and crank at the moment.
Luka is doing very well on the bike. We did not practise as often as we planned, but after about 6 exercises of 30 min to 2 hours max where he mainly tried to get into move he managed a few meters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVNthQhZj_A And already two times after: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1j0dllH5B4&feature=relatedOnce he understood the principle (which was really a 'head thing') he became better and better. His learning curve is definitely more steep than mine. It is sooo great to see him enjoying the python. We both love it!
cheers Thomas Den 17/10/2008 kl. 10.08 skrev dirk.bonne@xxxxxxx:
Hi Thomas, I finally got off my lazy ass and made the graph I promised.I compared it to the baby python, monty and the P4 of Jürgen. The graph depicts the rise of the seat versus turning angle. As you can see it isthe smallest on Lucas bike. The monty is similar to my bike on purpose (me and Olaf decided it that way). P4 is in a totally different level because of the "extreme" trail. Compared to monty the self centering is smaller because of the lessertrail (monty has -170mm, luca -114mm). I tried setting the trail to -170 for Luca's bike and the self centering got considerable bigger then thatof the monty or my bike. This is due to the larger wheelbase. If you would shorten the wheelbase the self centering would go down more. If you want to have more self centering you need to change the trail. The wheelbase cannot sensibly be lengthened and the second graph shows that the pivot angle is already at its best. Another idea would be to use a spring (silent block) as like on a flevo. How is Luca doing on the bike?Sorry about the long delay. Anyways, the mailing list here has been veryvery quiet, so everybody seems to have had a time out. Dirk Thomas Jahn wrote:Hi Dirk, here are the data for Luka's python: Wheel size 305 (in front with a Schwalbe 47 mm). pivot angle at 60° Trail 114 mm seat height 235 mm Wheel base 1,04 m cheers Thomas Den 04/08/2008 kl. 13.48 skrev Thomas Jahn:Hej Dirk, I am just back from vacation. Luka and me went by bike to Jottlands westcoast. He on the Brompton and me on the trike. Next time on the pythons. He did his first experience on the python yesterday. And although it looks rather challenging, I can already see some first progress. And he did not give up. Great! Den 15/07/2008 kl. 9.51 skrev dirk.bonne@xxxxxxx:Thomas Paul Jahn wrote:Hej Dirk, Luka's first trial reminded a lot of his first time on an upright. He was very eager but it will take some time!!The bike is a little too big still and so is the seat. He says, the seat is hard. The latter can be solved. The former will solve itself.The front part is rather heavy. With a Sram 5 speed hub. Am I surprised?! And the pivot made of brass bushes is pretty rigid. With his low weight, the self centering is minimal. Also the long rear part probably reduces the self centering. I wonder if I simply cut it shorter.On my bike the self centering is also minimal - just enough to keep the front piece upright when sitting on it. I don't feel this is a problem at all, on the contrary, I like it because it allows for quick & sharp turns. Maybe Luka just needs the chance to learn it first a bit? The weight of the front part should be as low as possible. Why should the sram hub have something to do with that? To me the bike looks already quite light - the tube at the front could beshortened, but then you would need to weld it back as Luca gets older.You mean, the hub does not have any impact, because it is part of therotating mass!?? I see.You could shorten the rear, yes. It looks anyway disproportional long compared to the rest of the bike. But I think the self centering will get smaller. Do you have some data about the bike, I can calculate a comparisation to my bike. I need: * wheel size * pivot angle * trail * seat height * wheel baseI will give you some data about the bike's geometry soon.....And at the axis of the rear swing, or at the back wheel, I probablyfix some supporting wheels to each side. So I don't have to walkbended down next to the bike, while Luka is doing his first exercises.And the seat lean should be less inclined for him to reach the ground with his hands. I just hesitated reducing the inclination,as the beginner is not relaxed enough to go very recumbent. I seemsnow it would be better anyway... What do you think?May be better to recline the seat (and not add support wheels), so he can touch the ground so he kind find his own balance.Luka and me agree!!About the seat: It was extremely easy to make and is very rigid andstable. After assembling, I glued it with expoxy. I will definetly make one for my python as well, where I still lack the proper seat solution. The wooden seat is very easy to attach too. Because its construction can be adapted to the bike structure. It seems the idea for the seat brought me a large step further, while doing the final work on the bike. I strongly recommend it: http://hebike.borec.cz/sedlo.htmVery interesting solution and very light!!! Don't understand thelanguage but the scale I can read: 616gr. How well does the seat fit(lumber support)?I am not an orthopaedist, I made the seat a little too big. But Luka is in a potentuially fast growing age. Now he just measures 126 cm. But soon..... 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